Touring New Zealand 2023
San Fran, Wellington, 18 October [SOLD OUT]
Theatre Royal, New Plymouth, 19 October
John Gallagher Academy
Hamilton, 20 October
The Tuning Fork, Auckland, 21 October
The Turner Centre, Kerikeri, 22 October
Carrus Crystal Palace
Tauranga Arts Festival, 26 October [SOLD OUT]
Hawkes Bay Opera House
Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, 27 October
Little Theatre Lower Hutt, 28 October [SOLD OUT]
Nelson Arts Festival, 29 October [SOLD OUT]
A highlight on the traditional Irish music scene from 2001 - 2011, Trad group Gráda is reuniting in 2023 with tours across New Zealand and Ireland. The NZ tour begins in Wellington on the 18th of October before the group head to New Plymouth, Hamilton, Auckland Kerikeri, Tauranga, Hastings, Nelson, and Lower Hutt.
With members from both Ireland and New Zealand, Gráda spent much of their time touring internationally, performing in over 1000 cities in 30 countries over the course of a decade. New Zealanders Gerry Paul & Andrew Laking and Irish musicians Nicola Joyce, Alan Doherty, and Tola Custy make up the group’s current form. Previous highlights include concerts at the Sydney Opera House, Royal Glasgow Concert Hall, Ireland’s National Concert Hall, and headline performances at multiple European and American folk festivals. Gráda’s most recent album Natural Angle was voted as one of the top folk albums in the USA by NPR / Folk Alley and the IMA music awards. Their previous album, Cloudy Day Navigation appeared multiple times in Irish Music's Top 10 charts. Gráda has received glowing reviews from Irish Music Magazine, Sing Out!, The Washington Post, The Irish Times, The Evening Herald (Ireland), the Event Guide (Dublin), and more.
In 2011, Gráda disbanded to work on individual projects. This saw the members involved in various ventures including musical groups The Whileaways, ALDOC, and T-Bone; solo albums; collaborations with composers such as Hans Zimmer & Pauline Scanlon; parts in RTE TV series, publishing books and directing and programming festivals such as CubaDupa, Lōemis & Verb Wellington.
The band reformed in 2020 to play a one-off concert in New Zealand. Buoyed by the response to this, Gráda are playing two shows in Ireland in August, followed by a nine-date tour of New Zealand.
With a sound rooted in trad, while drawing influences from folk, jazz, world music, and Americana. The band’s live shows exude energy, with an improvisation element that made them unique within the trad music world. The repertoire is seeded with original songs and instrumentals that have captured the imaginations of audiences all around the world. Audiences can catch this renowned live spectacle in theatres and arts festivals across the motu in October.
In celebration of their reunion tour, their full back catalog has been released via streaming services from late July 2023.
Gráda - Butcher Boy Live
Gráda - Pint of Reference Live
Gráda - Pint of Reference